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Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - March 2015 #4

Focus on Fiduciary Standards. In February the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) issued a Report on the Effects of Conflicted Investment Advice on Retirement Savings. In its conclusion, the Report estimated the...more

SEC Approves FINRA Rule Regarding Investigation and Verification of Registration Applicants

After seeking comments last fall, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (“FINRA”) proposed rule governing member firms’ verification and investigation...more

Top Three Findings From NAVEX Global’s 2015 Ethics & Compliance Hotline Benchmark Report

For years, NAVEX Global has been proud to provide the industry’s best and most statistically accurate hotline benchmarking data. By analyzing anonymized data we gather through our hotline and case management solutions, we...more

Are Restrictive Covenants in Sale Agreements Enforceable?

The Supreme Court of Canada recently addressed the issue of the enforceability of restrictive covenants where the purchaser of a business offered employment to the business’s previous owners (Payette v Guay Inc. 2013 SCC 45)....more

Blog: Pulling the Trigger(s): What is Double-Trigger Acceleration and How Does it Work?

You may have heard people refer to “double-trigger” acceleration. What are they talking about? Double-trigger acceleration refers to the partial or full acceleration of vesting of someone’s options or stock based on the...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - March 2015

It's difficult to discern “trends” from reactions to date on proxy access proposals, but here are some data points: Three companies, including two on the NY Comptroller’s 75-company target list have adopted...more

New York Labor Law Amendments Put LLCs and Their Members on the Front Line

The New York State Legislature passed a bill on June 19, 2013, intended to update New York’s labor law, including the Wage Theft Protection Act (WTPA). The bill (A 8106-C, S5885-B), signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on...more

February FCPA Compliance Digest: If You Haven’t Started Your FCPA Compliance Training, Now Might Be A Great Time…

This might be our most exciting FCPA Compliance Digest thus far – we get to write about a DECLINATION! It feels a little bit like seeing a compliance unicorn. Cobalt Energy Announces SEC FCPA Declination - It’s...more

"ISS Issues ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ Guidance for 2015"

As part of its ongoing rollout of its 2015 policy updates, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) has issued “Frequently Asked Questions” guidance with respect to both its 2015 Compensation Policies and its new equity plan...more

SEC May Seek Companies’ Agreements to Determine Whistleblower Treatment

The SEC continues to focus on its whistleblower initiative. According to a February 25 Wall Street Journal article titled “SEC Probes Companies’ Treatment of Whistleblowers,” the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: SEC Proposes Disclosure Rules on Director and Employee Hedging

Last week the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to its rules and forms, as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), that would require SEC reporting...more

SEC Proposes Rules for Disclosure of Hedging by Employees, Officers, and Directors

Boards of Directors of companies subject to the federal proxy rules should take note of proposed rules released by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on February 9, 2015 that would enhance corporate disclosure of...more

Building a Culture-Changing E&C Program: Six Essentials

Compliance programs are effective only to the degree that they help build and support a strong organizational culture. So what does a strong corporate culture look like? And what ethics and compliance tools can help support...more

SEC Proposes New Rule Requiring Disclosure of Equity Hedging Policies

On February 9, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed a long-awaited rule under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that would require public companies to disclose certain...more

SEC Proposes Disclosure Rule for Company Hedging Policies

On February 9, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed a rule to enhance disclosure of company hedging policies for directors, officers and other employees. This proposal would implement Section 955 of...more

SEC Proposes Rules for Hedging Disclosure

On February 9, 2015, the SEC proposed rules that would require domestic public companies to disclose in proxy and information statements whether the company permits any of its directors or employees (including officers) to...more

SEC Proposes New Rules on Hedging Disclosures

On February 9, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed rules that would require disclosure of policies permitting or prohibiting hedging by directors, officers and other employees to hedge or offset...more

SEC Proposes Rules for Hedging Disclosure

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently released proposed rules to implement Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), which calls for disclosure of whether...more

Why Am I Taxed Now on My Future Receipts: The Woes of a Profits Interest

Companies often grant stock options to incentivize employees and so that their interests are aligned with the future success of the company, and partnerships (and limited liability companies taxed as partnerships) are no...more

What Every Business Should Know About Keeping Its Corporate House in Order

In This Presentation: - Corporate Records Housekeeping - Protecting Assets – Vis A Vis Employees And Others (Trade Secrets, Confidentiality And Non-Competition Agreements) - Protecting Assets – ...more

Can An Employment Agreement Be A Wee Bit Too Integrated?

The Bylaws of many public companies provide for mandatory indemnification of directors and officers (and sometimes other agents as well). Often, Bylaws describe these indemnity obligations as contract rights. For example...more

Doing Business in the United States

In This Book: - Choice Of A Business Entity - Introduction To Federal Securities Laws - From Let’s Go Shopping To Closing: M&A Process In The United States - Employment Considerations -...more

Businesses Anxiously Await NLRB Decision on Joint Employer Standard

Many are up in arms following a memorandum issued by the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) authorizing employees of a national restaurant chain to argue that the franchisor is jointly responsible...more

Lies That Prospective Retirement Plan Providers May Tell You

When we were children, our mothers told us stories that we believed to be true because we always believed what our parents were telling us was the truth. Part of growing up is realizing that a good chunk of what your mom told...more

IRS Considers Whether Management Fees of an LLC Are Subject to Self-Employment Tax

A recent response by the Internal Revenue Service Chief Counsel (CCA) to an inquiry from one of its field office agents addressed the question of whether management fees earned by an investment manager organized as a limited...more

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